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How do you like New Zealand and Why???


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Hi my fellow expats!

Could you please tell me how and why do you like New Zealand???

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I liked it for the scenery and for the closeness of the small communities where everyone seems to know everyone else or is related to them in some way. The larger cities are more faceless and you could be living anywhere in the world.

Having said that the scenery isn't enough, as beautiful as it is.

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Thanks for you reply.
Are you currently living in New Zealand? Which part of New Zealand, attracted you the most?

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No, I'm in Queensland now. For scenery the South Island really is the better of the two halves of NZ. The Queenstown area is stunning but it's expensive to buy property there, Arrowtown would be a good place to set up in.

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Hi TGM, I'm in Queensland now too, there are a lot of people from New Zealand here aren't there.

I agree with what you say about the small communities, especially in the South Island that's where the real New Zealand is. Arrowtown is a good choice.

In the cities you could be anywhere and Auckland was is popular with immigrants that some surburbs feel more like mini Britains, South Africas and Chinas.

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You will find that you enjoy New Zealand in direct proportion to how much you are prepared to put in.

Work hard, integrate with the community and make friends and you will have a productive and enjoyable time.

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I fully agree, you definitely get out what you put in. However, it was sooooo much easier over here in Australia. Well, for us anyway

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I fully agree, you definitely get out what you put in. However, it was sooooo much easier over here in Australia. Well, for us anyway
Yeah that's a nice little slogan but reality is often less straightforward as you've said so yourself. How is it so much easier in Oz? How long were you in NZ before moving?

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Yeah that's a nice little slogan but reality is often less straightforward as you've said so yourself. How is it so much easier in Oz? How long were you in NZ before moving?
Emigration is never easy. It takes a lot out of you to put your old life behind you and start afresh from scratch so it's not something that can be done in a half hearted way. You do need to make an enormous effort to make it work no matter where you go.

It's easier here because we can afford the type of lifestyle we want, we're saving money for the first time in years and have pension plans again. It used to worry me that we couldn't afford these in NZ.

People are more accommodating here of immigrants and it was easier to fit-in both socially and work wise than it was in NZ. Ways of doing things at work are far more like they are in Britain and policies and procedures are very familiar.

Finding a place to live was dead easy and we'd sorted that more or less before we moved. We found buying cars was harder because they're not as cheap over here - not so many Japanese exports - and registering a car is more expensive because you you also have to pay for CTP insurance. That's balanced out by not having to have your car WOF'd and petrol being a lot cheaper.

Buying a mobile phone (or a sim card) is a drag because they insist on so much ID, same requirement for sending a parcel. It was a lot easier in NZ.

The kids fitted right into school and were accepted straight off. They had some good natured teasing for being Kiwis (which didn't bother them because they're British) but not as much as they took for being Poms in NZ.

What I have noticed is that Asian kids get a much fairer go here than they do in NZ. There's a fair number of them at school and they never get called "bloody Asians" or get singled out for being the clever ones. There isn't the them and us cliques that there are in NZ. I'm not saying that the whole of Australia is like this, but where we are people just don't see to care so much where you come from, it's how you fit in and contribute that matters.

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Here's a good example of what I mean about not being able to afford the type of lifestyle we wanted in NZ.

Mount Nathan in Australia and Dairy Flat in New Zealand are both semi rural type locations within about 10-15 minute drives of the CBD, or major areas of employment and development.

This is a 4 bed house in Mt Nathan on a landscaped lot with air conditioning and large outside shed (both very important in Aus) it is under contract and was offered for sale for $639,000 but probably went for 10-15% less than that

Mount Nathan, address available on request - House for Sale #106964597 - realestate.com.au

This is a comparable four bed house in Dairy Flat, nothing special, similar house with more land but a lot of it is in covenented bush so unusable. Asking price $1.485 million

- Realestate.co.nz


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